December 12, 2011

Guided - Nesdoly


When confluence in the heavens
shone brighter than any illuminated text
they high-fived, then headed
to the mall for myrrh and frankincense
stopped by the bank for gold.

Whenever, on that dusty trek
needles of sand attacked
camels were crabby
thighs chafed, tailbones ached
eyes rose again to blue-white beam
that drew them like a magnet.

In Jerusalem when no one knew
about an infant king
heaven’s eye winked seeming to say
“Carry on boys.
There is a reason you’ve come all this way.”

The single-file Bethlehem street
led to a crescent of modest bungalows
but even here
their confidence never wavered
for their star hovered
over one.

And so they double-parked
jumped off those dusty camels
rummaged through sandy saddle bags for gifts
knocked on that humble door
with trembling anticipation.
Despite the unkingliness
of the whole business
faith never faltered
for God’s spotlight
had guided every step.

© 2011 by Violet Nesdoly


  1. Love the picture and your words that bring these so serious magi into real life!

  2. Thank you, Elsie! (I was delighted to find the cartoonish Magi clip art: a visual of what I was trying to say. Thanks for noticing!)

  3. Makes one wonder if I would have had the faith to follow a star...

  4. Beautiful poem dusted with humor. I enjoyed reading it.


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